January 2016

Welcome to the January edition of i-build magazine! This issue is packed with inspirational projects and products as well as useful advice for your self-build.


When it comes to self-build design, it’s true what they say: “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. While some self-builders wish for their properties to be bold and dramatic structures that stand confidently over their neighbours, others prefer to take a more subtle approach.

In this month’s issue, i-build profiles two recently-completed red brick homes, which are in total contrast to one another – a stark reminder that each self-build experience is unique, subjective and determined by a whole host of changeable factors.

On page 30 you will find a sunken treasure – Spiral House. This nestled property, completed by architect Jack Woolley – is tucked away on a plot that was once a derelict garden of a Victoria terrace. The form of the property comprises an outer wall that wraps neatly into itself to provide habitable spaces. Unnoticeable to passersby, the unimposing property provides ample space and welcomes plenty of light – properties you wouldn’t expect given its location and complex configuration!

At the other end of the spectrum, a recent Brick Awards finalist demonstrates a bold and fearless approach to self-build. Turn to page 36 to see how this unusual urban build stands proudly above the rolling hills to Belfast and beyond.

I hope you enjoy this issue. Don’t forget, if you’re coming to the end of your self-build and would like to offer your home as inspiration for other budding home-builders, please contact me at [email protected].